My Hydration Pack vs Backpack

 


Hi all. In this video, I'm comparing a hydration pack versus a backpack. The hydration pack I'm using (on the left), is from Walmart, and it's the Ozark Trail Hydration Pack. The regular backpack, which is on the right, is a laptop backpack I purchased from Mountain Warehouse. The hydration pack is about 12 l and the laptop backpack is about 15 l.

The first major difference between the hydration pack and backpack is the hydration pack has a 3 l bladder to hold water.

The bladder is located on the backside of the backpack, and there's a pouch area where you insert the bladder. There is a small hole at the bottom of the backpack, where the drinking spout can go through.

This particular bladder is 3 l / 106 Oz and at the bottom, they give us some things that you cannot put inside the 3 l bladder, such as, alcohol and milk. The top area of the 3l bladder has a cap at the top that unscrews, and you can insert the water.

To give a sense of scale, I take a packing cube that I purchased from Mountain Warehouse which has items in it, and I insert it into the laptop bag backpack and hydration pack.

When the packing cube goes inside of the laptop bag, it is a good fit and because the bag is rectangular the packing cube fits snugger.

When I insert the packing cube inside of the hydration pack, the packing cube fits, but because the hydration pack is a little bit smaller, it seems to be a little bit more snug than usual. This particular hydration pack has a v cut kind of structure, so that means the bottom of the backpack is smaller than the top.

The second thing I did was I took a laptop and I inserted it inside the backpack on the right, and everything looked to be fitting fine and snug. I then take the packing cube and insert it into the backpack with the laptop, it looks to be in good shape.

I took the same laptop and inserted it into the hydration pack with the packing cube, and what happened was the corners of the laptop were slightly protruding out of the pack because the bottom of the pack was too narrow.

So. with the packing cube and the laptop in the hydration pack, it was a very snug fit and you can see in the video, both corners of the laptop are aggressively protruding out of the bottom of the hydration pack.

I then take both backpacks and flip them over and I observe the shoulder straps and chest straps of each backpack.

The hydration pack and backpack both have chest straps, and the hydration pack has a waist strap. The laptop bag did not have a waist strap.

Both backpacks had a comfortable padded backing, and I observed the front pockets on each backpack. 

Additional Photos

May 11, 2021

A bird's eye view of the Ozark Trail Hydration Pack beside the Mountain Warehouse laptop backpack.
A bird's eye view of the Ozark Trail Hydration Pack beside the Mountain Warehouse laptop backpack. 

A bird's eye view of the Ozark Trail Hydration Pack above the Mountain Warehouse laptop backpack.
A bird's eye view of the Ozark Trail Hydration Pack above the Mountain Warehouse laptop backpack. 

A bird's eye view of the Ozark Trail Hydration Pack
A bird's eye view of the Ozark Trail Hydration Pack

A bird's eye view of the back of the Ozark Trail Hydration Pack
A bird's eye view of the back of the Ozark Trail Hydration Pack


A bird's eye view of the Mountain Warehouse backpack.
A bird's eye view of the Mountain Warehouse backpack.

A bird's eye view of the back of the Mountain Warehouse backpack.
A bird's eye view of the back of the Mountain Warehouse backpack.

A bird's eye view of the 3L bladder of the Ozark Trail Hydration Pack.
A bird's eye view of the 3L bladder of the Ozark Trail Hydration Pack.

A close-up of the 3L bladder of the Ozark Trail Hydration Pack.
A close-up of the 3L bladder of the Ozark Trail Hydration Pack.

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